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  • Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

    1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

    Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic, along with an artificial iceberg. Your ticket lets you skip the ticket purchase line and proceed directly to the advance ticketing line. Here, you will receive a passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Once you have followed them throughout the ship, enter the Memorial Room and discover the fate of your assigned person. The Museum not only features the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world, but is also an interactive experience that appeals to every age. You will be in awe of the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars. Touch an authentic iceberg, shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s Boiler Room, and learn how to send an SOS distress signal. The Museum is fun for the whole family. It is a living classroom filled with hands-on opportuniti...

    We really enjoyed the museum. It was fun and very informational with an interactive component as well. Your ticket will include the name and info of one of the passengers and you can look for more info about them throughout the exhibit, ultimately learning their final outcome at the end of the tour. I found it fascinating to look at the actual items and artifacts that they had on board - very interesting to see what things were like in a different time. This was definitely one of my favorite places on our trip.

  • Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

    2. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

    Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed island...

    Very knowledgeable pilot!! Was a great experience for my husband’s first time !!

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Helicopter Tour

    3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Helicopter Tour

    Get an amazing overview of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area, and take in 50 miles (about 80 miles) of spectacular natural beauty on this 25-minute helicopter tour. Delight in the longest running tour in the area and fly with an expert pilot who will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.  Take off over historic downtown Sevierville and immediately enjoy stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. Continue over the strip of Pigeon Forge while taking in all the sights of the surrounding areas as you move southbound to Gatlinburg. Once over Gatlinburg, head west far and away from civilization into the National Park. Get your camera ready as this is a very popular area to view wildlife with an unrestricted view. Fly over the stunning Sugarland Valley, Fighting Creek Gap, and into the Elkmont area of the park. Admire views of Mount Leconte, Clingmans Dome, and Cove Mountain, as...

  • Smoky Mountains: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    4. Smoky Mountains: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    Experience the haunting vision of the Great Smoky Mountains, where colorful fog-rich forests surround majestic Appalachian peaks in Tennessee’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the thrilling, the dazzling, the absurd, the historic, and the adventurous with the Sightseeing Flex Pass, your all access pass to 30 attractions and tours throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the scenic Smokies. Take advantage of full admission to attractions and save up to 30% of total visitation costs. Let the Smoky Mountain Sightseeing Flex Pass take you into the great outdoors and see the natural splendor up close and personal: select between a 3 Attractions or a 5 Attractions Pass and choose what you want to enjoy when you arrive. Coast down whitewater in the Smoky Mountain Rafting or River Rat Tubing adventures. Turn a hike into the extreme with sights from the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster R...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

    5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Trip

    Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover why it’s the most visited National Park in the country. Buckle up and prepare for a deep dive into the most famous stretch of the Appalachians. Enjoy a flexible route that allows you to take all the time you need to admire the timeless wonders of the mountains. Drive through the scenic mountains and hear all about parts of Cherokee history, like the ancient Cherokee monarchy and the revolutionaries who fought against it. Get detailed accounts of Cherokee ancestral legends, from the great buzzard who shaped the Smoky Mountains from clay to the witch whose droplets of blood bloom into stalks of corn. Experience animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Be pointed towards some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the park. Gaze at the majestic Ra...

    Loved the stories and history lessons during this audio tour and we got a much greater understanding about the Great Smokey Mountains. I wished that it covered more than the main highway and the Roaring Falls road. Something about Cades Cove would be nice. Overall, I thought it was well worth the $10.00 charge.

  • Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

    6. Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

    Take a thrilling ride on the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster — the longest coaster in east Tennessee and the first one in the world with four uplifts. Travel through stunning Smoky Mountain scenery, 360-degree turns, and several tunnels on over 20 acres of property. Control your own speed through tunnels, curves, and thrilling hairpin turns on a single cart that can go up to 30 miles per hour. The coaster is fun for all ages, with riders ranging from 3 to 90 years old. For an extra unique experience, visit after nightfall where the colorful lights will guide you through a beautiful night ride.

  • Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    7. Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    Before your adrenaline charged 4x4 off-road adventure, you'll depart in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep Wrangler from Pigeon Forge. From there, Sugarland's Visitor Center is your first stop. Learn the history of the towns along the way. Passing through a forest that mimics the boreal forests, discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear more of local geology and history. Arrive at Newfound Gap, nearly 1 mile above sea level. See part of the mighty Appalachian Trail on a short walk, see Newfound Gap’s stunning viewpoint. The return trip from Newfound Gap includes stops for more photos. You’ll see the streams that ultimately feed the Gulf of Mexico via the mighty Mississippi River. Your tour finishes with a hand-gripping, off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional tour guide has been expertly trained to give you an experien...

  • Pigeon Forge: Sights of the Smokies Guided Tour

    8. Pigeon Forge: Sights of the Smokies Guided Tour

    Begin the tour in downtown Pigeon Forge and first travel by bus to the city of Gatlinburg. Learn more about the origins of the city of Gatlinburg, who its early families were, and what the city is famous for today. After touring around Gatlinburg, travel to the Rockefeller Memorial of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Arrive back at Pigeon Forge for a short drive around the city to discuss its history and its humble beginnings as a farm town. See some of its oldest structures including the Old Mill and the Old Mill District. Learn about its newest attractions and shopping areas like The Island. Continue through Wears Valley and stop for an all-inclusive lunch at Elvira's Cafe. A favorite spot for locals, Elvira's farm-to-table menu offers a wide variety of dishes made with seasonal, fresh local ingredients. After lunch, travel to the quaint city of Townsend. Learn more about thi...

  • Pigeon Forge: Valleys & Views Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    9. Pigeon Forge: Valleys & Views Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

    Relax in an open-air Jeep on a 2.5-hour panoramic tour in the Great Smoky Mountains through Wears Valley, along Little River Road and up the Foothills Parkway.  Hop aboard and ride off with your Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) towards Wears Valley, an idyllic community of quaint farms, historic sites and scenic views. Learn about the area’s rich history and how the Great Smoky Mountains got their name. Overlook stops offer awe-inspiring panoramas for spectacular photos of the mountains often blanketed in the smoke-like mist, for which they are famous. The parkway provides the best views of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. Touted as “one of the prettiest drives in America,” your guide will share how the rugged terrain and other fascinating factors caused this masterpiece to take decades to complete.

  • Pigeon Forge: Vittles & Views, Southern Food & Culture Tour

    10. Pigeon Forge: Vittles & Views, Southern Food & Culture Tour

    Embark on a guided sightseeing tour along the Foothills Parkway for some of the most amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover the beauty of the Smokies a native-born local guide. Learn about the fascinating history of the area as you explore the rolling hills. Hear of tales that have been passed down from generation to generation, part of a rich storytelling tradition for mountain folks for over 200 years. As you learn about the local life and traditions of East Tennesse, discover some fantastic local food which is a hallmark of the region. Enjoy a meal at a local Wears Valley restaurant. Receive a drink, and a single entrée with sides of your choosing.

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What people are saying about Smoky Mountains

We really enjoyed the museum. It was fun and very informational with an interactive component as well. Your ticket will include the name and info of one of the passengers and you can look for more info about them throughout the exhibit, ultimately learning their final outcome at the end of the tour. I found it fascinating to look at the actual items and artifacts that they had on board - very interesting to see what things were like in a different time. This was definitely one of my favorite places on our trip.

Great trip with a great view on the extended tour. Our guide, Collin, was wonderful! Would love to do this again and would likely pick one of the longer mountain tours. It would be totally worth it!

Great Tour - love that you are given a photo card of a passenger to follow their history and find out whether you live or parish.

Very knowledgeable pilot!! Was a great experience for my husband’s first time !!

What a great museum. It was definitely well worth the visit. A must see.